10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017

I was recently making a presentation to a board of a local charity. The topic: planned giving. I asked the board members a question to open their minds about charitable estate planning: “If you could only leave your money to the IRS and charity after your death, what percentage would you leave to each?”

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Most of the board members replied that they would leave 100% to charity and nothing to the IRS. However, one lady said, “I would leave 30% to the IRS.”

“Why?” I asked.

She stated that she was patriotic. The government needed the money, too.

“Let me take a few minutes to give you some perspective on that,” I replied. “At the end of 2015, the national debt was about $18.2 trillion. Do you know how big a trillion is?”

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: McKesson Corporation(MCK)

McKesson Corporation (McKesson), incorporated on July 7, 1994, is a pharmaceutical distribution services and information technology company. The Company delivers an offering of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. The Company operates through two segments: McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions.

McKesson Distribution Solutions

The McKesson Distribution Solutions segment distributes branded and generic pharmaceutical drugs and other healthcare-related products around the world and provides practice management, technology, clinical support and business solutions to community-based oncology and other specialty practices. This segment also provides specialty pharmaceutical solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturers, including offering multiple distribution channels and clinical trial access to its network of oncology physicians. It also provides medical-surgical supply distribution, equipment, logistics and other services t o healthcare providers within the United States. Additionally, this segment operates retail pharmacies in Europe and supports independent pharmacy networks within North America. It also sells financial, operational and clinical solutions to pharmacies (retail, hospital and alternate site) and provides consulting, outsourcing and other services.

The Distribution Solutions segment consists of the businesses, which include North America pharmaceutical distribution and services, International pharmaceutical distribution and services and Medical-Surgical distribution and services. Its North America pharmaceutical distribution and services business consists of business units, such as U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution, McKesson Specialty Health (MSH), McKesson Canada, and McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services. The U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution business supplies branded, specialty and generic pharmaceuticals and other healthcare-related products to customers through out the United States in over three primary customer channel! s, such as retail national accounts (including national and regional chains, food/drug combinations, mail order pharmacies and mass merchandisers); independent retail pharmacies, and institutional healthcare providers (including hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks, clinics and alternate site providers). This business also provides solutions and services to pharmaceutical manufacturers. This business sources materials and products from an array of different suppliers, including certain generic pharmaceutical drugs produced through a contract-manufacturing program.

The U.S. pharmaceutical distribution business operates and serves customer locations through a network of approximately 30 distribution centers, as well as a primary redistribution center, a strategic redistribution center and over two repackaging facilities, serving approximately 50 states and Puerto Rico. It invests in technology and other systems at all of its distribution centers . The Company uses Acumax Plus, a technology that integrates and tracks all internal inventory-related functions, such as receiving, put-away and order fulfillment in its distribution centers. Acumax Plus uses bar code technology, wrist-mounted computer hardware and radio frequency signals to provide customers with real-time product availability and order quality and fulfillment. In addition, it offers Mobile Manager, which integrates portable handheld technology with Acumax Plus to give customers ordering and inventory control. It also offers McKesson Connect, an Internet-based ordering system that provides item lookup and real-time inventory availability, as well as ordering, purchasing, third-party reconciliation and account management functionality. The customer groups of its U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution business can be categorized as retail national accounts, independent retail pharmacies and institutional healthcare providers.

The Retail National Accou nts are offered with solutions, including Central Fill, Redi! stributio! n Centers, McKesson SynerGx, RxPak, Inventory Management and ExpressRx Track. The solutions for managed care contracting, branding and advertising, merchandising, purchasing, operational efficiency and automation help independent pharmacists focus on patient care. Its solutions for Independent Retail Pharmacies include Health Mart, AccessHealth, McKesson Reimbursement Advantage (MRA), McKesson OneStop Generics, Sunmark, FrontEdge and McKesson Sponsored Clinical Services (SCS) Network. The solutions for Institutional Healthcare Providers include Fulfill-Rx, Asset Management, SKY Packaging, McKesson Plasma and BioLogics and McKesson OneStop Generics.

McKesson Specialty Health business provides a range of solutions to oncology and other specialty practices operating in communities across the country, to pharmaceutical and biotechnology suppliers manufacturing specialty drugs and vaccines, and to payers and hospitals. MSH is focused on three core business lines: Man ufacturer Solutions, Practice Management and Provider Solutions. MSH’s offerings include supply chain services, including specialty pharmacy services and third party logistics (3PL), provider and patient engagement programs, clinical trial support, patient assistance programs, reimbursement services and analytics. Practice Management provides a range of solutions, including practice operations, healthcare information technology, revenue cycle management and managed care contracting solutions, evidence-based guidelines and quality measurements to support The U.S. Oncology Network, a network of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to evidence-based cancer care. It also supports U.S. Oncology Research, a research network specializing in oncology clinical trials.

Provider Solutions offers community specialists (oncologists, rheumatologists, ophthalmologists, urologists, neurologists and other specialists) a range of customizable products and serv ices. Tools and services include specialty drug distribution! and grou! p purchasing organization (GPO) services, technology solutions, practice consulting services and vaccine distribution, including its distributor relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccines for Children program. McKesson Canada is a pharmaceutical distributor in Canada. McKesson Canada, through its network of approximately 10 distribution centers, provides logistics and distribution for manufacturers, delivering their products to retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care centers, clinics and institutions throughout Canada and through its network of infusion clinics, offers specialty services and adherence programs. Beyond pharmaceutical distribution, logistics and order fulfillment, McKesson Canada provides automation solutions to its retail and hospital customers, dispensing millions of doses each year. McKesson Canada also provides health information exchange solutions that streamline clinical and administrative communication and ret ail banner services for independent pharmacists. In partnership with other McKesson businesses, McKesson Canada provides a range of services to Canadian manufacturers and healthcare providers, contributing for the safety of care for patients.

McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services business provides offerings that help retail chains, hospital outpatient pharmacies and small and independent pharmacies. It supplies integrated pharmacy management systems, automated dispensing systems and related services to retail, outpatient, central fill, specialty and mail order pharmacies. Its solutions include EnterpriseRx, Pharmaserv, PharmacyRx, McKesson 340B Solution Suite and Macro Helix and Supplylogix. Its international pharmaceutical distribution and services business provides distribution and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors primarily in Europe. Its pharmaceutical wholesale business supplies pharmaceuticals and other healthcare-related products gen erally to retail pharmacies and institutional customers. Its! wholesal! e network consists of approximately 110 branches that deliver to over 65,000 pharmacies daily in approximately 10 European countries. The retail pharmacy business serves patients and consumers in over six European countries directly through approximately 2,200 of its own pharmacies and over 4,500 participant pharmacies operating under brand partnership arrangements. The retail business provides traditional prescription pharmaceuticals, non-prescription products and medical services and operates under the Lloyds Pharmacy brand in the United Kingdom.

Medical-Surgical distribution and services business provides medical-surgical supply distribution, equipment, logistics and other services to healthcare providers including physicians’ offices, surgery centers, extended care facilities, homecare and occupational health sites through a network of distribution centers within the United States. This business is a distributor of supplies to a range of alternate-site healt hcare facilities, including physicians’ offices, clinics and surgery centers (primary care), long-term care and homecare sites (extended care).

McKesson Technology Solutions

The McKesson Technology Solutions segment delivers clinical, patient care, financial, supply chain and strategic management technology solutions, as well as connectivity, outsourcing and other services, including remote hosting and managed services, to healthcare organizations. It provides a portfolio of information technology and services to help healthcare organizations. The segment markets its products and services to integrated delivery networks, hospitals, physician practices, home healthcare providers, retail pharmacies and payers. The product portfolio for the segment is designed to address an array of healthcare clinical and business performance needs ranging from medication safety and information access to revenue cycle management, resource utilization and physician ado ption of electronic health records (EHR). Analytics software! enables ! organizations to measure progress as they automate care processes for optimal clinical outcomes, business and operating results and regulatory compliance. It also offers a range of services to support the implementation and use of solutions, as well as to assist with business and clinical redesign, process re-engineering and staffing (both information technology and back-office).

The McKesson Technology Solutions segment consists of businesses, including McKesson Health Solutions, Connected Care and Analytics (CCA), Imaging and Workflow Solutions, Business Performance Services and Enterprise Information Solutions. It offers a suite of services and software products designed to manage the quality of care for payers, providers, hospitals and government organizations. Its solutions include InterQual Criteria for clinical decision support and utilization management; clear Coverage for point-of-care utilization management, coverage determination and network complianc e; claims payment solutions to facilitate medical claim payments; Business intelligence tools for measuring and reporting clinical and financial performance; network management tools to enable health plans to transform the performance of their networks, and RelayHealth financial solutions to facilitate communication between healthcare providers and patients and to aggregate data for claims management and trend analysis. The Companys network and financial management portfolio also includes McKesson Episode Management, which is a prospective bundled payment automation solution; McKesson ClaimsXten, which is an advanced claims auditing rules engine; McKesson Reimbursement Manager; McKesson Contract Manager; McKesson Provider Manager, and McKesson Payer Connectivity Services. The McKesson Health Solutions portfolio includes ClarityQx, which is a payment technology.

The Company provides health information exchange solutions that streamline clinical and administra tive communication among patients, providers, payers, pharma! cies, man! ufacturers, government entities and financial institutions through its vendor-neutral RelayHealth and its intelligent network, RelayHealth pharmacy solutions, which help its customers for the delivery of care and financial performance through online consultation of physicians by patients, electronic prescribing by physicians, and point-of-service resolution of pharmacy claims by payers. It provides clinical and analytical software to support management workflows and analytics for optimization of hospital departments and a solution for homecare. It also provides performance management solutions. Enterprise visibility and performance analytics provide business intelligence that enables providers to manage capacity, outcomes, productivity and patient flow.

The Company offers medical imaging and information management systems for healthcare enterprises, including a picture archiving communications system, a radiology information system and a cardiovascular informati on system. It helps providers focus their resources on delivering healthcare while managing their revenue cycle operations and information technology through a suite of managed services. Services include full and partial revenue cycle outsourcing, remote hosting and business office administration. It also provides a solution for physician practices of all sizes, whether they are independent or employed, that includes software, revenue cycle outsourcing and connectivity services. Software solutions include practice management and EHR software for physicians of every size and specialty. Its physician practice offering includes outsourced billing, collection, data input, medical coding, billing, contract management, cash collections, accounts receivable management and reporting of metrics related to the physician practice. It also offers a suite of physician and hospital consulting services, including financial management, coding and compliance services, revenue cycle services and strategic services.

The Company provides cl! inical an! d financial information systems for hospitals and health systems of all sizes. It also provides professional services to help customers achieve business results from their software or automation investment. In addition, workflow management solutions assist caregivers with staffing and maintaining labor rule continuity between scheduling, time and attendance and payroll. It also offers a supply chain management solution that integrates enterprise resource planning applications, including financials, materials, human resources/payroll, scheduling, point of use, surgical and anesthesia services, and analytics.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.(GOL)


GOL Linhas A茅reas Inteligentes S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides regular and non-regular air transportation services for passengers, cargoes, and mailbags in South America and the Caribbean. The company operates in two segments, Flight Transportation and Smiles Loyalty Program. As of December 31, 2014, it operated a fleet of 144 aircraft, which included 96 aircraft under operating leases, 45 aircraft under finance leases, and 3 aircraft owned by the company. It also develops and manages its own or third partys customer loyalty program, as well as sells redemption rights of awards related to the loyalty program. GOL Linhas A茅reas Inteligentes S.A. has a strategic partnership with Air France-KLM. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in S茫o Paulo, Brazil.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Regional Airlines: The industry dropped 1.9 percent by 11:00 am. The worst performer in this industry was Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE: GOL), which declined 5.8 percent.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE: GOL) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.73 per share on revenue of $705.31 million.

    Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ: CTRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $22.21 million.

Hot Computer Hardware Stocks To Invest In 2017: Capstead Mortgage Corporation(CMO)


Capstead Mortgage Corporation operates as real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests in a portfolio of residential mortgage pass-through securities primarily consisting of short-duration adjustable-rate mortgage securities issued and guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises, or by an agency of the federal government. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    As the spread between short-term and long-terminterest rates began to contract, strangling profits, competition for MBSes also caused prices to rise. Other agency mREITs were nervous, too. CYS Investments (NYSE: CYS  ) noted at the time that QE3 turned the Federal Reserve into the sector’s biggest rival for mortgage bonds, and as spreads began to shrink, so did dividends. By December of last year, Annaly, Armour, and Capstead Mortgage (NYSE: CMO  ) had all trimmed their payouts.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.(MRVL)


Marvell Technology Group Ltd. designs, develops, and markets analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing, and embedded and standalone integrated circuits. It offers mobile and wireless products comprising communications and applications processors; thin modems; and connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, near field communication, and FM; and mobile computing products, as wain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. was founded in 1995 aell as silicon solutions and Kinoma software. The company also provides a range of data storage products, such as hard disk drive and solid-state drive controllers. In addition, it offers networking products comprising Ethernet solutions; embedded communication processors; network processors; and Ethernet passive optical network and gigabit passive optical network products. Further, the company provides printer system-on-a-chip products, as well as custom printer ASICs; and smart home products that are designed to enable the next generation of connected consumer platforms, and to enhance the eco-friendly Connected Lifestyle throughout the home, incluidng platforms for set-top boxes, video dongles, and lighting and smart appliances. It operates in the United States, Canada, China, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spnd is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    On Tuesday, JP Morgan announced that it has raised its rating on Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) .

    The firm has upgraded MRVL from “Neutral” to “Overweight,” and has given the company a $16 price target. This price target suggests a 19% upside from the stock’s current price of $12.91.

    Marvell Technology shares were up 37, or 2.94%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 78% YTD.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Jersey Elec.(a)

Jersey Electricity plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation and distribution of electricity in the Island of Jersey. It also engages in retailing; property management; building services; and has other business interests, including telecommunications and Internet data hosting. The company?s services include small works electrical services, heating systems, periodic test and inspection of electrical installations, portable appliance testing, air conditioning/heat pumps, data center/computer room cooling, commercial refrigeration, fire alarm systems, plumbing service and maintenance, multi-fuel heating, amenity lighting, building facilities management, ventilation, multi-service maintenance, and preventative planned maintenance. In addition, it provides space and water heating solutions, and design/specification, installation, and after sales service; and business consultancy, system design, development, implementation, training, and helpdesk support so lutions. The company also involves in the sale of products through its various retail outlets; and online retailing through day2dayshop.com. Further, it provides energy and environmental engineering solutions; hosting, monitoring, email solutions, disaster recovery, online data backup, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, and global content delivery; Internet, voice, and home services; and maintenance services for refrigeration and catering equipment. The company was formerly known as The Jersey Electricity Company Limited and changed its name to Jersey Electricity plc in March, 2010. Jersey Electricity plc was founded in 1924 and is based in St. Helier, the Channel Islands.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dave and Donald Moenning]

    For those investors that like the comfort generally provided by a diversified portfolio, here’s an idea that will allow you to (a) maintain a diversified allocation in your portfolio and (b) stay out of trouble when the big, bad bears come to call on an asset class or two.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) shares rose 5.45% to $52.01. The volume of Agilent Technologies shares traded was 736% higher than normal. Agilent announced its plans to separate into two public companies.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)


The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) reported a 7 percent drop in its same-store sales for April. The company’s total sales declined to $1.12 billion, from $1.21 billion in the year-ago month. Gap also issued a weak forecast for the first quarter. Gap shares dipped 13.53 percent to $18.86 in the after-hours trading session.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: South Jersey Industries Inc.(SJI)

South Jersey Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, transmission, and sale of natural gas for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. It also sells natural gas and pipeline transportation capacity on a wholesale basis to various customers on the interstate pipeline system, as well as transports natural gas purchased directly from producers or suppliers to their customers. In addition, it markets natural gas storage, commodity, and transportation assets on a wholesale basis for energy marketers, electric and gas utilities, and natural gas producers in the mid-Atlantic, Appalachian, and southern regions of the United States. Further, the company develops and operates energy-related projects, which provide cooling, heating, and emergency power; and operates landfill gas-fired electric production facilities and solar projects. Additionally, it provides services for the acquisition and transportation of natural gas and electricity for re tail end users; markets total energy management services; installs and services residential and light commercial HVAC systems; provides plumbing services; and services appliances, as well as offers meter reading services. As of December 31, 2010, the company served 347,725 residential, commercial, and industrial customers primarily in southern New Jersey. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Folsom, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.80 per share on revenue of $402.65 million.

    Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $479.03 million.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)


Intrepid Potash, Inc. engages in the extraction, production, and sale of potassium containing products in the United States. It produces muriate of potash and langbeinite, a low-chloride potassium fertilizer that contains sulfate and magnesium. The company also offers salt, magnesium chloride, and metal recovery salts. It serves agricultural, industrial, and animal feed markets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)

Silver Wheaton Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a silver streaming company worldwide. The company has 14 long-term silver purchase agreements and 2 long-term precious metal purchase agreements whereby it acquires silver and gold production from the counterparties located in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Greece, Sweden, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Portugal. Silver Wheaton Corp. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE: SLW), down 5 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 5 percent.

10 Best Electric Utility Stocks For 2017: PriceSmart, Inc.(PSMT)

PriceSmart, Inc. (PriceSmart), incorporated on August 17, 1994, business consists primarily of international membership shopping warehouse clubs similar to warehouse clubs in the United States. The Company owns and operates United States-style membership shopping warehouse clubs through wholly owned subsidiaries operating in Latin America and the Caribbean using the trade name PriceSmart. The Companys operating segments are the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The warehouse clubs sell basic high quality consumer goods at low prices to individuals and businesses. The Company ships its United States and other internationally sourced merchandise directly to its warehouse clubs or to the Company’s consolidation points (distribution centers).

The no-frills warehouse club-type buildings range in size from 48,000 to 1,00,000 square feet and are located primarily in urban areas. As of December 1, 2014, the Company had approximately 1.2 million member accounts and 2.3 million card holders. The Company had 36 consolidated warehouse clubs in operation in 12 countries and 1 U.S. territory (6 each in Costa Rica and Colombia; 4 each in Panama and Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras and in the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the United States Virgin Islands), of which the Company owns 100% of the corresponding legal entities.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million.

    Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $284.14 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million. PriceSmart shares rose 0.01 percent to $82.84 in after-hours trading.